What's the Story?
The phrase ‘less is more’ is something Land Rover owners should always bear in mind when upgrading their vehicles. Getting it just right means walking a fine line: there are conflicting opinions about what looks ‘just right’.
Whether you’re building from the chassis up or adding accessories to a complete vehicle, one way of keeping it looking right is to visualise the finished machine before you start. Nail that look and keep it in mind through the build – and you can’t go wrong. As evidence of the validity of that approach, here is Kev Framingham’s Ninety (with more than a little help from a Discovery).
The story starts in the December 2007 issue of LRO, in which there was a feature about a Series III with a Perkins Prima engine. It had been built by Kev Framingham with help from his father-in-law, Bob Wilkin, and was subsequently sold for £3500. With this money available for their next project, the duo set out to build something bespoke, combining the bodywork of an early Ninety with most of the mechanical components from a Discovery 1.
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The wheels are worth a second look. At first glance they look like the hugely expensive alloy wheels seen on military WMIK Land Rovers. Closer inspection, however, reveals that they’re a set of eBay-sourced, secondhand alloys that were badly corroded. Some serious TLC, a coat of paint and a set of 265/75 R16 General Grabber AT2s later and they look completely at home under this Ninety.
Land Rovering is a family affair for the Framinghams, with mum Lisa and youngsters Rob and Rachel clamouring for seats for outings with the MORONS – the Mostly Off-Road Of Norfolk Society, a thriving 4x4 club with a packed calendar. To accommodate them, there’s a pair of forward-facing, folding rear seats – a surprise win in an LRO competition.
LRO also unknowingly helped with the security system. As the build was being completed, LRO ran a readers’ offer for discounted Skytag systems, one of which has now been installed.
And the Verdict from LRO?
There are a few more jobs to finish inside, but this eye-catching special is already hard at work as the family’s recreational vehicle. It’s been to some MORONS events and been called on to rescue other club members’ 4x4s from the mire at Norfolk’s off-road venues. On being asked what the future holds for the Land Rover, Kev says: ‘We plan to do some greenlaning; and my son, Rob is about to take driving lessons and has expressed an interest in doing some TYRO or RTV trials.
‘Like all Land Rovers, it’s used for a multitude of things: transporting wet dogs, towing the caravan and trips to the dump, but mostly for big boys’ fun.’
And we can all relate to that.
This feature appeared in the June 2011 issue of LRO. Current and Back issues are available to download on digital devices here. Please note, we only hold stocks of the the last three back issues.